We are not so sure exactly others would call this other than a form of SPAM but for the sake of this blog post; it shall be called "The Traffic Trap".

The Traffic Trap is a simple thing that people do in order to obtain lots of extra traffic to their websites so they can rank better within Alexa, Compete and such other websites.

The Traffic Trap is done by misleading people into thinking that the link that they are clicking on is something else.

It works so well because the average time of their website is increased also because people tend to think that if it was not on "such and such" page, then it must be here somewhere; so they look through that other website in an attempt to find what they think is there.

for example

Hey guys, I have been working on such a great project better known as Hosting Review Master Site; it is a website in which people can search for website hosting reviews, comment on them and so much more.

It’s on my blog for now, but feel free to check it out...

Example ENDS Here

The traffic trap is a simple way to get lots more traffic to your website; but is most definitely a form of SPAM; because it tends to be unsolicited.


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The Traffic Trap, Not Spam

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Comment by Kent Computer Solutions Limited on June 29, 2009 at 12:04am
I wonder what the point of it would be? Sure you may get a temporary higher rank, but every one of those people who get tricked into following the link will have a negative view on the page, product, and person who just wasted their time.

Comment by Kent Computer Solutions Limited on June 29, 2009 at 12:03am

Yeah we did mean throw but early and very tired web guy felt the need to spell it wrong.

Also, our apologies. I believe what was intended is that a link back to your profile would be fine but external links; unless completely justified should be left out.

Comment by Laila on June 28, 2009 at 5:12pm
@KCS - Did you mean throw? And I honestly fail to see how my signature - which is not in anyway deceitful - would illicit deletion. Anyone who clicked on my link in my signature would be making a decision to go to my webpage, perhaps because what I say usually makes sense. I did not lay a trap, sir, and if you do not wish any links in a post you might consider stating that in your post.

Comment by Kent Computer Solutions Limited on June 28, 2009 at 9:22am

People actually do this. People look for how many people come to their site if they were going to buy advertising.

The Internet is such a vast place that with many username changes and the use of proxies, this could be done.

The person whom is doing this is not quite looking for sales but more for traffic for the site advertising.

Comment by Rick Hendershot on June 28, 2009 at 9:04am
Why would anyone deal with someone who has misled them? The problem is not that this is "Spam". The problem is that these people are dishonest and not to be trusted. So I repeat, if you were directed to a site as a result of a misleading link, why would you buy anything from his person?

Do people actually waste their time trying to enhance their Alexa rankings? Why? Who cares about Alexa rankings?
Comment by Kent Computer Solutions Limited on June 28, 2009 at 6:02am
It could be classed as SPAM either way just by dropping links but by saying that it does make me think more deeply about it.

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Comment by Beth Schmillen on June 28, 2009 at 5:55am
That certainly would constitue a traffic trap... don't know how it is spam unless they "spam" their link all over the internet with the bait and switch approach....

good to know about!

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